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Seattle's 'sinking ship' parking garage named among world's 10 coolest

PICTURE SHOWS: Sinking Ship - Seattle. Architects: Mandeville and Berge Credit: Mandeville and Berge/Cover Images

Parking garages CAN be exciting: 10 of the world’s most picturesque are battling it out in the 2018 "World’s Coolest Car Parks" competition.

From Amsterdam to The Alps, Brussels to Brisbane, the shortlist celebrates creativity and design in buildings often perceived as dull and dreary - and includes Leeds' eye-catching Victoria Gate parking garage.

The contest has been created by architecture and design website DesignCurial and airport parking site Looking4.com.

The winner will be announced following an online vote – the public has until July 8th to choose their favorite car park design.

Martin Mansell, Managing Director of Looking4.com and one of the awards judges, said: “Many people think of car parks as boring, grey concrete blocks, blighting town centers around the world, but we have unearthed a shortlist of architecturally-striking buildings that challenge these misconceptions.

“Our top 10 demonstrate imagination, innovation and inspiration from architects around the globe, buildings we’d be happy queuing to park our cars in – we look forward to seeing which the public vote as the world’s coolest car park.”

Sophie Killip, Web Editor at DesignCurial and fellow judge, said: “We are delighted to have been on the judging panel for the 2018 World’s Coolest Car Parks competition.

“As a design-led website, we were particularly interested in how the architects had used the space in intriguing and clever ways, challenging the traditional view of car parks and transforming the buildings into something exciting.

“In this year’s shortlist, we have everything from car parks in hillsides, to airport car parks. It’s a diverse shortlist and it’s going to be interesting to see who comes out on top after the public vote.”

The Top 10 World’s Coolest Car Parks 2018 shortlist (alphabetical order): (Full Photo Gallery Here>>)

2KM3 at Saint Gervais – Montblanc
Curators: Hugues Chevallier and artist Frederic Battle

Al Jahra Court Automatic Parking System – Kuwait
Architects: Robotic Parking Systems Inc.

AZ Saint-Lucas – Ghent
Architects: Abscis Architecten

Brisbane Airport Kinetic Parking Garage – Brisbane
Architects: Hassell architects, Ned Kahn and Urban Art Projects

Cliniques Universitaires Saint Luc – Brussels
Architects: De Jong Gortemaker Algra and Modulo

Garagenatelier – Switzerland
Architects: Peter Kunz

Parking Quick Morelli – Naples
Architects: Kingdom

RAI Convention Centre Car Park – Amsterdam
Architects: Benthem Crouwel

Sinking Ship - Seattle
Architects: Mandeville and Berge

Victoria Gate – Leeds
Architects: ACME

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